Former I'm A Celebrity star reveals the worst experience on ITV reality show – and it's not the critters | The Sun

A FORMER I'm A Celebrity star has revealed the what the worst experience on the show is – and it's not the critters.

Children's TV star Timmy Mallett has opened up on the challenges the celebs face once they're thrown into the TV camp.

The 67-year-old, who shot to fame in the 80s and 90s with his programmes, such as Wacaday, has revealed the critters aren't the worst part of the show.

Speaking about the ITV juggernaut, the presenter said it's the people who are the biggest challenge.

In an exclusive chat, he told The Sun: "The hardest part if I’m honest is other people.

"People can get a little tetchy and you are constrained in a room basically."

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Timmy, who has teamed with up Pension Attention to get young people educated about their pension pots, took part in the show's eight series back in 2008.

He lived in the Australian jungle alongside stars such as Joe Swash, Nicola McLean, George Takei and Simon Webbe.

He added: "Imagine 12 people and imagine you can’t escape them and quite a few of them are people you never want to meet again.

"It’s just a challenge, and what makes you successful is getting on with people. If you get on with people you’ll get on in life.

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"It’s so lovely to see people we know put into all sorts of uncomfortable situations with dreadful bugs and covered in critters and challenged."

Nicola McLean previously claimed that Timmy was on standby for three years before he finally got on the show.

Spilling the beans in her Closer magazine column, wrote last year: “Aside from the two late comers, other celebrities are standby in case anyone gets injured or ill – but get sent home once the voting starts, as then it doesn’t matter if someone leaves.

“They travel first class, stay in a hotel and get paid £20,000. Timmy Mallett did that for three years before he got in, but that’s rare because most don’t go in the show.”

Ant and Dec are due back in Australia this November for the next series of I'm A Celebrity.

Timmy Mallett is this year’s ambassador for the UK wide Pension Attention campaign – which is co-ordinated by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), and funded by a large proportion of the pensions industry.

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